Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How to Choose a Polaroid Camera

How to Choose a Polaroid Camera
Fujifilm Instax Mini Hello Kitty Camera

How to choose a Polaroid camera is something often asked by people who want to buy an instant photo camera. Even the question is some what wrong because many don't know Polaroid is just a brand not a camera type. So the real question is how to choose an instant camera ?

Often you might get an answer like oh don't buy Polaroid cameras because those are old and out dated and Polaroid has stopped making cameras years ago. This is not exactly true. Polaroid do make cameras and there are around 6 instant cameras launched by Polaroid ever since they shut down their analog camera and film production. Yes, Now they don't make analog instant cameras anymore. They only make instant digital cameras.

So why digital instant cameras ? There is always new trends out there. Polaroid instant film cameras were popular when everyone had to take their film reels to photo labs. It took one or two days when you receive printed copies of your negatives. So instant cameras were the best thing. You get to have photo prints right away. But then came digital age. Computers and digital cameras so you can insert photos to computer and check those right away. Also you can keep those stored there without spending money to develop. People no longer need an instant printing process for their cameras.

Because of this film cameras become loose popularity and digital cameras have become a must have. Polaroid had started loosing money because they tried to stick with their old analog instant cams. At end they were bankrupted and had to be sold to another company. So the new company realized they had do something about this. That's how digital instant cameras become Polaroids focus.

There are several great instant digital cameras such has Polaroid Snap, Polaroid Z340Polaroid Socialmatic Camera etc. If you want images to be saved into memory so you can move those out of camera then go for one of these models.

It's not a good idea buying of those old Polaroid analog instant film cameras such as Polaroid 600, Polaroid SX-70 or Polaroid Spectra cameras. Impossible Project Co. do make film for these 3 types but those film packs are bit expensive. There is Polaroid 300 camera which is just a re-branded Instax Mini 7s model so you can forget about that one too.

Fujifilm Instax series is the best analog instant photo cameras in market today. These cameras are cheaper than new Polaroid cams and also photo quality is really good too. If you want a cheap instant camera then go for a model like Fujifilm Instax 210 or Fujifilm Instax Mini 8. If you prefer to have an instant cam with advance features then check new models like Fujifilm Instax Mini 70, Fujifilm Instax 300 or Fujifilm Instax Mini 90.

Also if it's for a girl then check the Fujifilm Instax Mini Hello Kitty camera. It's cheap and also cute. Unique Hello Kitty design makes it stand out from all other Instax cam models.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Worth Buying an Old Polaroid Camera

Worth Buying an Old Polaroid Camera
Polaroid Automatic 230 Land Camera

For some reason people still ask questions like is it worth buying an old Polaroid camera. After 2008 when Polaroid closed production of analog instant cameras and film there was a big panic among Polaroid camera users about film and also about cameras. But Instant camera industry has passed than stage years ago. You no longer need to bother about it. There are plenty of new instant cameras in market.

Even thought Polaroid no longer make analog instant cameras they do make instant digital cameras such as Polaroid Z340, Polaroid Snap, Polaroid Socialmatic etc. These cameras use new Polaroid Zink Media Photo paper which is so much better than old instant film like Polaroid 600 Film, Type SX-70 film etc. Lot cheaper too.

If you are looking for a cheap Polaroid camera to buy then might thinking about an old Polaroid camera like 600 series, SX-70 series, Spectra series etc but its really hard to find vintage cam which is in working condition. Even if you find one then it will be next to impossible get it working without film packs. Impossible Project Co. do make three 5 types of film and apart from that you might not get a chance to test your Polaroid cam.

Impossible Project film cost you around 3 bucks per print. Well it's better than having no film at all but not so good if you try to use your camera daily. But Fujifilm Instax series instant film cameras might be better choice for that. Cams like Instax Mini 90, Instax Mini 70, Instax 300 are very good and durable. Instax Film packs are available everywhere and cheap too.

So if you are looking for a good Polaroid camera for just daily use then those old cameras are not for you. Go for a digital instant camera or one of these Fujifilm Instax cameras. If you are looking for instant photo camera for an event like wedding then get a Polaroid Z340. This is the best perfect one for something like that since it let you check images before print those.

But there are plenty of people who love vintage cameras like these old Polaroid instant cam models. For a collector these cams worth more than any new camera. Because these become old and rare. Harder and harder to find. Polaroid had sold over 1.5 Million cameras of their first commercial model, Polaroid Highlander 95 since 1948-1957. But how many of these do you see in market today for sale ?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Impossible Project I-Type Film

Impossible Project I-Type Film

Impossible Project I-Type Film is what you should use for Impossible Project I-1 instant camera. Since this camera is similar to Polaroid 600 series many think it takes Polaroid 600 or Impossible Project 600 film but it does not ! For this new camera you must use Impossible Project I-Type Film.

Impossible Project I-1 camera has it's own lithium battery for power so it doesn't need to be powered by film pack. So they have created new battery less film pack specifically for new instant photo camera. If you have bought the new camera then make sure to buy the right film packs. Also these new film packs are cheaper than usual Type 600 packs.

There are B&W I-Type film packs and Color I-Type film packs. They haven't released  any fancy packs like Round Frame, Gold Frame,  Silver Frame yet but soon these will be  available too.

Still there are people who are unhappy with performance of Impossible Project film. Some complain about duds and some about dead film packs. Fortunately these are isolated cases. Plus there are no other alternative and even those expired Polaroid 600 film packs are getting harder and harder to find.

Impossible Project Co. has released new packs for all their instant film series. 600 series, SX-70 series and Spectra series. So if you are searching these then make sure to buy latest packs rather than older. There is a good chance older packs are not so good at new stuff. After all they have been keep researching and experimenting to produce better quality products so there is a good chance you will find more problems with older film packs.

Don't forget there are so many new Instant camera models available in market today. Those amazing cameras such as Instax Mini 70, Instax Mini 90s from Fujifilm Instax series and also new Polaroid instant digital cameras like Polaroid Snap, Polaroid z340, Polaroid Socialmatic Camera etc.

New Zink Photo Paper and Instax Photo Paper are so much better than old Polaroid film and new Impossible Project film. Not just better quality but also cheaper too.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Impossible-Project I-1 Camera

Impossible-Project I-1 Camera

Have you heard about Impossible-Project I-1 Camera ? So finally Impossible Project has created and released their own Instant Camera. Basically this is the first analog instant photo camera came to market which use Polaroid Type 600 instant film. Polaroid 600 series film packs and cameras are long gone but guys at Impassible Project producing new Type 600 film which you can use for this cam.

One of the problems with this camera is you can't call it a cheap instant camera. This is probbly the most expensive Type 600 camera ever made. Impossible Project has put a $300 price tag on it. Personally it's way too expensive for me. Plus when you think about $3 per print photos it's way too much money for a instant photo print.

There is an App which let you connect this camera with your iPhone. No sadly it doesn't have a digital sensor so you can't have your photos. But this App let your some of those camera controls including timer option. They don't have an Android app but said to be released by September 2016.

They have even released a new type of type 600 film along with this camera and  It must be more improved version of old Impossible Project film packs. If you already have a I-1 or plan to buy one make sure to use these latest film rather than old film packs.

There is one interesting fact which makes this model different from old Polaroid 600 cameras. It has it's own power source, an inbuilt lithium battery. Film pack comes with a battery too but camera doesn't relay on that to power all it's functions. This is a really good improvement.

Anyway I don't think this can be passed as a cheap instant camera or cheap Polaroid camera. It's a nice product for those who crazy about old Polaroid 600 models but not something great for daily use. Camera is too expensive and also film price is not the lowest in market.

If you want a cheap Polaroid camera then there plenty of other options in market today. The best thing about these cheap instant cameras is they use newly made film packs which are lot cheaper than old instant film. There are nice digital instant cams like Polaroid Snap, Polaroid z340 etc and Also there are Fuji Instax series models like Instax Mini 70, Instax Mini 90, Instax 300 etc.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Impossible Project 2nd Gen Black and While Film

Impossible Project 2nd Gen Black and While Film

Impossible Project Co. has been the savior of old Polaroid camera users and fans ever since Polaroid Co decide simply to shut down everything including film factories. So we have more respect and faith on than Polaroid it self. Even though even they can't do much about it, at least Impossible Project is making film packs for Polaroid 600, SX-70 and Spectra cameras.

Now they have the second generation of their Black and White Polaroid film packs. For years these instant film packs are the only alternative out there for Polaroid camera users. Cost per print would be around $4, but it's better than nothing. Those film packs were not 100% perfect either. These had same problems old Polaroid film packs had,

These were slow to develop and there were duds here and there. Also photo quality was not so great either. Nobody would blame them for these since everyone appreciated the effort. But now, after years of experiments they have come out with far more superior line of film packs. So far these 2nd Generation packs are only available in black and white.

Old Polaroid film needed to be shield from light for a half an hour after you expose it. Also film would ruin unless you kept it with give temperature range. Anyway you must read instructions before you if you haven't use impossible Project film packs before. I have seen so many people leave negative reviews, blaming on film for not working properly. Over 75% of those reviews are totally wrong. Usually reason is they try to use the film without having a clue how to do it properly.

Right now Black & White 2 gen Film packs are available at Amazon for $24 (Check Amazon sales page for current price and details >> Here << ). 2 Gen. color film packs are not released yet so you can expect those in near future.

Anyway if you are new to Polaroid cameras then don't even think about buying one of these old used cameras. You will end up with all sorts of problems. There are plenty of really good new instant photo cameras out there in market for example here are some latest models,

These instant film camera are the latest from Polaroid and Fujifilm brands. Polaroid cameras are instant digital cameras. Instax Mini 70 and Polaroid Snap are the latest models in market today. Both these cameras use Mini film which cost you only around 50 cent per photo print. It's a big difference when you compare with $4 per print Impossible Project film packs.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Fujifilm Instax Mini 70

Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 instant camera has been released to market after quite a long time after the release of Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera. You can see the outer design is really nice and classy unless cheap look in those previous Instax mini cameras. Also it comes in three colors, blue , yellow and white.

Mini 70 is not a bellow $100 camera like Mini 8. Right now it costs around $115 (check the Amazon ad for latest price) at Amazon. But it's not a bad price since it's pretty much good as the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 camera. Both cameras have really nice class designs. Also photo print quality is nearly at same level.

I think the biggest thing about the camera is improved picture quality, especially for low light conditions. Instant film cameras are never known for their photo quality. Main focus has been always the instant printing ability.

Lots of things has changed now. It's digital age so taking photos and storing those is quite easy and cheap. No longer you must have it printed. Now you have internet everywhere and people store all photos in social networking sites like Facebook so Who needs Polaroid cameras ?

This is why companies like Polaroid and Fujifilm try hard to improve print quality and also to add more features. For example Polaroid has released the Polaroid Socialmatic Camera Which can not only print your photos but also post those images into social sites same time using wi-fi. Fuji hasn't released instant digital cameras yet so they do their best to improve picture quality.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 is their latest Instant photo camera product. It's an attempt to keep the price low and print quality high. This camera is good as Fujifilm Mini 90 instax camera when it comes to features and quality.

If you want to see what other buyers say about this camera then check the Amazon sales page above (or Here). The cool thing about Fujiflim Instax products is you never regret about buying these. Always have affordable price tags and always in good quality.

Now Polaroid has released a new instant digital camera called Polaroid Snap. It cost you less than $100 but still many believe this Mini 70 camera is superior quality wise. Film price is pretty much same but Fuji Mini 70 cost you about $25 more. (Prices can be changed)

So unless you need all those digital features like saving images into a memory card or post into social media directly from the camera This  new Fujifilm instant camera can be a really good choice. It might be little too expensive as a kids camera but great camera for anyone who is into Polaroids.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Polaroid Snap

Polaroid Snap

So Polaroid has been finally trying to catching up the lead they have lost to Fujifilm in Instant photo camera market. Polaroid Snap instant digital camera is their latest model which will be completing with fuji camera such as Instax Mini 8, Instax 300 and Instax mini 90. Cool thing about this new camera is it's the only new Polaroid camera you can get for less than $100.

Now don't expect too much from it. It has a 10MP sensor and it can save your images into a HDSC memory card. Also it has a tripod mount and few other features. There are six photo modes to help you make imagines look more fun and different.

Pros about this instant cam is it's cheap comparing with many other instant cameras in market. Also It's a digital instant cam so you can save your images and move to another device like computer or mobile trough a usb cable. Also it uses new Zink photo paper which is lot cheaper than old Polaroid film packs.

Only con I can say about the camera is you won't get good photos in low light conditions and indoors which bad light. It's digital sensor is not anything powerful enough to get sharp photos when there aren't enough light. But still it cost you only around $100 so you can live with that.

This camera is great for anyone who wants a cheap Polaroid camera for have bit of fun. Also good for small kids whom you wouldn't trust with expensive cameras. It would a be nice gift for a girl too since it comes in nice colors and Polaroid cameras are becoming a trend among girls.

Polaroid Snap camera uses Polaroid Zink 2x3 photo paper. There are 2 different types, Polaroid PoGo photo paper which cost u around 0.30 usd per paper and Polaroid Zink premium photo paper which cost you around 0.50 usd per paper. It's noted Premium photo paper gives you better quality photo prints than PoGo paper. Also PoGo paper has a white border around the photo and Zink Premium photo paper are border-less.

So this maybe not the best Polaroid or instant camera out there but definitely one of the cheapest instant cameras. If you really want a better quality camera then you should go for something like Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera. It's not a digital but has lots of features to give you better quality photos. Also Fujifilm Instax Mini photo paper are good as Polaroid Zink.